Don’t let them gut

Arizona’s AHCCCS

Gov. Jan Brewer and a bipartisan coalition of legislators came together in the name of cost-effective health care for our state’s working poor this year. Sadly, a small group of individuals is seeking to derail this progress.

Don’t be fooled. If successful, this group will have little impact on Obamacare. It will remain the law of the land. But they will deliver a blow to Arizona’s nationally recognized Medicaid program — AHCCCS — and thousands of Arizonans who depend upon it.

The people of Arizona overwhelmingly support Medicaid restoration. We have twice voted to provide coverage for adults without children. Arizona chose the fiscally responsible option. The actions by the governor and Legislature protected the taxpayers and reduced uncompensated care that hurts all of us through increased insurance premiums.

Bruce Dockter

Sierra Vista

Israeli doctors treating

Syria’s war casualties

Re: the Aug. 19 editorials “Should the US cut off aid to Egypt?”

The question of aid to Egypt is valid, and opposing views deserve to be discussed. However, the author of “Yes: Aid a roadblock to Mideast peace” made his opinion into an anti-Israel tirade that began with the third paragraph and literally continued to the last line. It would not be surprising if he blamed Israel for the flight of Syrian Kurds into Kurdistan or for Syria’s tragic civil war.

He certainly would not say that Israeli doctors have quietly been saving the lives of Syrian casualties, including women and children, in Israeli hospitals.

This is not the first time that Israel’s medical community has treated people from countries that are at war with Israel, and it will undoubtedly not be the last.

Too often Israel gets named and blamed, unjustly, for the vast problems in all of the Mideast.

Kathy McGuire


Lawsuit vow in drug case

takes a lot of audacity

Re: the Aug. 13 article “Family vows to pursue suit vs. US in fatal ’11 Border Patrol shooting.”

I feel for the family of Carlos LaMadrid, but this can be the consequence when a person gets mixed up with the illegal drug trade. I can’t believe the family has the audacity to try to sue the U.S. after this 19-year-old was killed in the process of trying to outrun the Border Patrol because his truck was loaded with bundles of marijuana.

I was raised by strict parents who constantly told me: “Don’t get mixed up with drugs, because nothing good will ever come from it.” My dad made it very clear that if I did something to get myself locked up, he was in no way going to help me. It was his way of letting me know that I had to take responsibility for my actions. Perhaps more parental involvement could help kids steer clear from drugs.

Felipe Antonio Lopez

Manager, Tucson

Voter verification

isn’t an accusation

Re: the Aug. 15 letter to the editor “Republicans presume everyone is a liar.”

The letter writer’s insinuations that all Republicans feel they have a duty to call every voter a liar are blatantly false. He claims that that when being ask to provide an ID he is presumed to be a liar, saying: “My word and my oath and my signature have always been OK.”

So, when Safeway asks for ID with his credit card; when asked for ID to get on an airplane; when they ask for ID at will-call to make sure they are giving the tickets to the right person — all of these people are calling him a liar?

Using this reasoning the justice system is simple. When a person signs a statement, and while under oath swears that he did not rob that bank, we just turn him loose. There are liars out there and we try to put systems in place to catch them.

Darrel Thayne

Retired military, Tucson

Put basic needs

before bond wish list

Re: the Aug. 20 article “Favorite 25 projects ID’d for possible bond money.”

Pima County’s wish list amounts to hundreds of millions in additional bonds that we taxpayers cannot afford in these austere times.

Some of the items are downright ridiculous: The Tucson Wildlife Center, a hippo exhibit at the zoo, a Pima County health campus, pedestrian safety improvements and River Park acquisitions (to name a few).

The San Xavier restoration project is especially irritating to me, due to public funds being used for a Catholic church. This article follows the weeklong series in the Daily Star on how we have low-paying jobs and people who cannot afford the basics of decent living.

How about concentrating on real human needs first?

James Kelly


Environmentalist mourns death of a hill

Four low basalt hills dominate the landscape as one travels west from Three Points on Highway 86, just past the Border Patrol checkpoint. Explosive blasts shatter the air. One of those hills is dying, being blasted apart for a contractor working on Highway 86.

For millions of years these hills have been part of the landscape. Birds landed on them. Animal life scurried around them. No more. Stamped and approved by the state, the hill slowly dies.

So you may want to trek out to Coleman Road before the hill is gone. Does a hill cry when it dies? Do animals grieve for the loss of their home? Do birds miss their roosting spot?

Peter L. Steere

Environmentalist, Sells